We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Illustrate! Educate! Organize!

Click here to access article by Sean Carleton from Canadian Dimension.

Being out of touch with youth culture, I have no idea as to the significance of "graphic novels" to recover and spread knowledge about working class history and current issues. However, with the censorship and distortion of these vital subjects in capitalist controlled institutions, whatever form of media that can contribute to an enlightened working class consciousness is urgently needed, and such efforts need to be encouraged.
In our attempts to revive and reenergize revolutionary organizing in the 21st century, then, it is important for activists to be aware of and to engage with the many graphic novels being published with leftist content today.
The author cites some of what he regards as the best examples of this new popular medium.